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5 Things to Know About Integrating Canvas With Your LMS

Canvas is a popular LMS that offers extensive third-party integrations, receiving positive reviews for its straightforward user experience and reliable software. With a wide variety of LMS available, it can be challenging to find one that covers all bases and requirements for student and business needs. This is where integration with Canvas comes in.

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Benefits of Canvas

  • Multiple supported integrations
  • Student, Teacher, and Parent apps
  • Grading control
  • Canvas Commons
  • Conferences 

Multiple Supported Integrations

Canvas offers countless benefits that your current LMS may not feature, including its Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) which assists with third-party integrations. This feature allows you to elevate your existing LMS to provide access to features and functions that can be customised to create a unique and accessible experience for the student and teacher. Take a look at Canvas list of supported integrations here

Student, Teacher, Parent Apps

Despite being primarily web-based, Canvas offers mobile-friendly apps creating a more accessible experience for the Student, Teacher and Parent. Each app provides features that allow the user to access content anywhere at any time. Let’s take a look at some of the features of each app. 

Student app

  • Access to course content and materials
  • Ability to submit assignments
  • Participate in discussions
  • View grades
  • Access calendars, tasks and messages

Teacher App

  • Access to grading 
  • Communication with students
  • Browse submissions
  • Provide feedback
  • Update course content

Parent App

  • Review assignments
  • Check courses and grades
  • Notifications on student activity
  • View assignments and events

Grading Control

One popular feature of Canvas is grading control and the user’s ability to provide comprehensive feedback quickly and efficiently. With tools such as Speedgrader and Gradebook available within Canvas, grading no longer has to be a time-consuming, arduous task. Gradebook allows instructors to input and calculate grades with speed and precision. Speedgrader can help to assign this information to the students. 

Another grading function that Canvas users have praised is submitting audio and video feedback on assignments, offering a more personalised experience.  

Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a Learning Object Repository (LOR) allowing users to store, search and share resources. This digital library consists of many elements easily found using the search feature and filtering between grade, subject or style of resource. 

Users can upload and search for;

  • Course materials
  • Modules
  • Discussion 
  • Documents 
  • Quiz
  • Assignments
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Image

Each has its own unique coloured icon, enabling faster identification and simple usability.

Conferences 

Conferences within Canvas make it easier to:

  • Conduct real-time lectures for your students
  • Broadcast live video and audio
  • Share presentation slides
  • Hold group discussions. 

This all creates a genuine in-class feel. Holding up to 100 participants, Canvas conferences can be used for online teaching, hosting a guest lecturer or even for student workgroups and can be recorded and stored for up to 2 weeks. 

Final Thoughts

With its vast array of additional features, the integration of Canvas with your LMS can reduce your workload, cut down on errors and create a more straightforward, more engaging experience for all users. Institutions around the world using Canvas have seen an increase in student engagement and success. 

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